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The Venus Fort mall has three different sections including Venus Outlet, Venus Grand and Venus Family. Each of the three malls offers different shopping options and a number of cafés and restaurants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Meagan Schutter)

Odaiba: Tokyo district on man-made island offers many options

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Being stationed in Japan offers a great opportunity to explore another country and all of the things a different culture...

MY FAVES: Where to soak in an Onsen

Japan is known as a treasure box of hot springs. In fact, there are 3,084 hot spring sites along with 20,972 bathing facilities located...

Soak it all in at a Japanese onsen

Imagine soaking outdoors in a steaming hot pool made of natural rocks. You take a deep breath as you survey the panoramic mountain scenery and all...

Japan’s oldest beer company is Sapporo Breweries, which began producing in 1876. You’ll see its distinctive star emblem on cans and bottles all over the world but if you want to taste its best brews you need to travel to the island of Hokkaido, where the company started.  SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Sapporo, Japan’s oldest beer company, offers specialty brews, food, beer garden in Hokkaido

All over the world, even entry-level beer lovers will recognize Sapporo Breweries’ distinctive star emblem on its cans and bottles.

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Listen to the music! Great concerts set for Japan!

Editor's note: There are lots of great concerts coming up in the next several months. So get off the couch and check one out. (This was updated...
The Atomic Bomb Dome is part of the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. The building which is one of few still standing after the attack is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a memorial to more than 100,000 people who died. Photo by Rachel McIntosh, Humphreys High School

Commentary: Hiroshima’s Peace Park is emotional trip of a lifetime

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE – As an American stepping into the Peace Museum in the heart of Hiroshima’s Peace Park, I have never felt more like a...
Photos by Thomas Beecher

Noodle Town: Yokohama’s tribute to an iconic Japanese cuisine

There’s a lot to get excited about in Yokohama. Grand architecture, abundant restaurants and shops, and world-class sporting—go Baystars!—make...
The view near sea level. Photo: Malcome Larcens

Kitayamazaki and Unosu Cliffs offer breathtaking views in national park

The Sanriku Coast stretches from Miyagi Prefecture in the south to Aomori Prefecture in the north. It is renowned for its jagged coastline and...

MY FAVES: Castles throughout Japan

Japan is home to many majestic castles. They are symbols of the country’s history, culture and pride.
 
Showcasing some the...
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Winter Festivals to check out in Korea

If you’re looking for something fun in South Korea for you and your family, look no further because we have just the right family-orientated...

Osaka tops winter overseas trip wish list for Koreans

Osaka has once again topped Koreans winter overseas trip wishlist for 2019 according to new data released yesterday.
 
Hana...
If traveling on official business, U.S. military personnel are exempt from Japan's new 1,000-yen departure tax.  COURTESY OF PIXABAY

Servicemembers won’t have to pay Japan’s new departure tax if on official travel

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. military personnel are exempt from Japan’s new departure tax when they’re travelling on official business, according...

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